Libya has applied to become a partner of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in a move that, if successful, will mean it will have joined Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco in this Vienna-based body.
The OCSE is an intergovernmental organisation founded in the Cold War, which works on the premiss that Europe’s security can best be assured by assisting states far beyond its borders to achieve peace and stability. If Libya becomes a partner, it will receive support not simply on security, such as arms and border control, but will also be helped to promote human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections
The application to join was made by foreign minister Mohamed Abdulaziz. The OSCE’s secretary-general Lamberto Zannier said “ the security of OSCE participating states is inextricably linked to that of our neighbours. I welcome Libya’s initiative, which recognises the mutual benefit of stronger co-operation between our regions. The OSCE has a wealth of experience and expertise to share with Libya as it builds a new future.”
The OSCE explained that a decision on Libya’s application will be reached “by a consensus” of existing 57 participating states. No time frame for this was given.